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Political Thought (Oxford Readers) Paperback – December 16, 1999

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Jonathan Wolff is Reader in Philosophy at University College London and author of An Introduction to Political Philosophy (OUP, 1996) and Robert Nozick (1991). Michael Rosen is a Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, coeditor of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant, and author of Hegel's Dialectic and its Criticism (OUP, 1982) and The Need for Interpretation (Abalone, 1987).
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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Readers
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (December 16, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192892789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192892782
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.9 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By DenVilda on January 8, 2001
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One night while searching Amazon for a scrumptious new political book to decorate my room with, I came across this one and it immediately caught my attention. While I tend to be drawn to the more arcane and iconoclastic regions of political philosophy, this book seemed to possess an alluring simplicity. I guess it reminded me of the kind of book I read in college -- a touch of nostalgia -- and always so much enjoyed. I imagine it is now safe to disclose that my economic and political science classes were the only ones I did not skip on a regular basis. Anything political or philosophical fascinates me -- spinning out philosophical ideas in my head and turning them over and over again is endless, bountiful pleasure.
Political philosophy is a large hunting ground, but the editors do a commendable job of breaking it down into its constituent elements. Since the subject matter is so broad the authors must apply a rather strict criterion of which thinkers and material to present. First, they aim to present ideas that have a certain continuity, ones that are perennial in nature and that all societies must confront. Second, they tend to select works that are rigorously logical and factual, so nothing in the way of mysticism or superstition. And finally, they seek to present ideas with a modern resonance, issues that have not been resolved over the ages. (So no commentary on slavery or how many Angels can dance on the head of a pin).
The editors think -- and I agree with them -- that it is best not to think of political philosophy as a single entity, but rather as a multi-layered synthesis comprising many building blocks that can be arranged in a variety of ways.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leslie A. Beasley on July 10, 2013
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I am really glad I bought this book. It is divided up into sections on different components of political thought, which makes it easier to browse. It is a great overview of the "big ideas" in political science.
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By Chelsei on March 16, 2014
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I've used this book for class daily. It is well organized, and while pricey its worth it. Great for poli sci majors and minors
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0 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Volker on September 12, 2010
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The only thing i really like about this book is that its cheap. I only bought this book for my Political Theory class, I dont think I wouldve bought it if not for that.
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1 of 24 people found the following review helpful By R. Brunton on October 4, 2005
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book in good condition like description said. it took longer than i would've liked for the book to arrive- since i needed it for class.
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